CICLAVIA!!! Connecting communities and giving people a break from the stress of car traffic
Inspired by Bogota’s “ciclovia”, Los Angeles, one of the worlds more car oriented cities has started an new public space campaign that “temporarily removes cars from streets - and fill them up with smiles!” CICLAVIA!
Last Sunday was the fourth time this exiting initiative took place, covering over 10 miles of Los Angeles’ downtown. The goal is to make this event on a more regular basis, following the example of Bogota that does it every Sunday. In this city “ciclovias” have been carried out since the 1990’s as a response to the high congestion, pollution of city streets, as well as low amount of appropriate public spaces. A very common escenario of many cities in the world. As expressed by the organizer of Ciclavia “In Los Angeles (and i would add other cities) we need CicLAvias more than ever. Our streets are congested with traffic, our air is polluted with toxic fumes, our children suffer from obesity and other health conditions caused by the scarcity of public space and safe, healthy transportation options”.
Find more about what is going on with Ciclavia at http://www.ciclavia.org/blog/ . The next one is in October 14